Much to his amazement, Mark Morris, once hailed by the New York Times as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical,” has a global hit on his hands with “Pepperland.” A groundbreaking dance tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles iconic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, the evening-length work, which was commissioned by the City of Liverpool in 2017 and has toured to rapturous audiences ever since, arrives at Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 14 for three performances.
Mark Morris. Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading